Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Importance of Story

Thursdays - Devotions for Writers

Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables;
he did not say anything to them without using a parable.
(Matthew 13: 34 NIV)

Even before I began my journey as a serious writer, I learned the importance of story.

You see, my pastor for the past 15 years is a strong advocate for story. It’s a core belief in my church that it plays a vital role in sharing not only the gospel, but our lives.

Stories are integrated into sermons, small group meetings, weddings, and other social events. During a funeral, not only eloquent praises are sung about the deceased, but sometimes the hard, ugly stuff of the person’s life is also shared. Not to be disrespectful or hurtful, but to be honest. To acknowledge that we’re all human. That we can all be forgiven – and loved.

With story comes vulnerability and the opportunity to extend grace.

Story can touch and soften a hardened heart.

Jesus showed us the importance of story. He used parables many times to teach those who would not have heard or understood any other way.

As writers, we play an important role in serving our King and the kingdom.

Whether we write devotions, articles, or non-fiction books – we’re called to tell a story.

If we’ve been given an imagination and a desire to create novels full of adventures, mysteries, or romance – we’re called to tell a story.

With God’s help, we're able to craft words in such a way that readers can have a better understanding of His love and forgiveness.

You have work to do, my friends.

Go tell a story.


1 comment:

  1. Fantastic devotional, Dawn. I'm in total agreement! And to share creativity with the most creative One?? What a privilege!



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